If you’re an avid viewer of hit Netflix show Money Heist, you must have already seen the third season of the Spanish production, which was released on the streaming platform on July 19.
If you did, you must have missed a cameo by soccer superstar Neymar, which was added into two of the episodes just a few days ago.
The scenes with the Brazilian soccer star, who has made it known that he is a big fan of La Casa de Papel, as the show is known in Spanish, were only inserted once the public prosecutor in São Paulo shelved a rape allegation filed against him by the Brazilian model Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza.
In the version of the series that was released on July 19, there is no trace of the character played by Neymar, a Brazilian monk named João who speaks with protagonists Berlin and The Professor in episodes six and eight.
It’s a brief appearance, during which the Brazilian player delivers ironic lines in Spanish about how he doesn’t like soccer or partying.
The allegation filed by the model earlier this year meant that Neymar’s sponsorship contract with Mastercard was put on hold, and, as sources from Netflix have confirmed to EL PAÍS, the streaming giant cut the cameo from the final version of season three while it awaited news from the Brazilian justice system.
But the matter has not been closed entirely and could still be reopened at any moment should new evidence appear.